My friend Kim, my two boys, Andrew and Curtis (23 and 20) and I launched our kayaks at Falls on the Brazos county park out of Marlin, Tx. last Saturday for a two night fishing trip on the Brazos River. For those not familiar with the area, Marlin is about 30 miles Southeast of Waco at the intersection of Hwy 6 and Hwy 7. The county maintains a small campground at what is called the Falls on the Brazos. The falls are basically a small drop in the river over a limestone river bed. Our plan was to paddle downstream about 5 miles to a large gravel bar, set up camp, and fish Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night, and return to the Falls on Monday. It took us about 2 hours to paddle to the gravel bar. The location is a large bend in the river with lots of dead fall structure close to the outer bend. After setting up camp, we cast out or lines. I immediately caught a 4 lb channel, then a 2 lb one. Just after dark, Andrew, my oldest boy, comes running, saying "I don't know if this one is legal, but you may want to look at it". Kim and I looked, the boy was holding a 9 lb blue cat. He caught the cat on about the worse tackle you can imagine for large catfish. The rod was ok, a Berkley Cherrywood, but the reel was a cheap Wal Mart special that cost less than $9. He said after he got the fish on shore the line broke. It was some kind of cheap 10 lb test. He'd brought the rod along hoping to catch a good size perch for cut bait. All in all, it was a pleasant and successful trip. We caught a total of 15 keeper catfish, the largest was 11 lbs, a blue, and also two other blues, both better than 8 lbs. Kim caught a 22 lb long nose gar on a fillet of fresh water mullet, gar in that part of the Brazos love those mullet. Kim targets large gar, his best out of the Brazos is 43 lbs, though his brother caught one that went 60. We nearly froze Sunday night trying to night fish. The night fishing was off. We didn't catch but that one gar after 8 on either night. Monday morning, after Kim caught his 11 lb blue and I got another 4 lb channel, we packed up, loaded the kayaks, and paddled back upstream. We were tired, but happy dudes. BTW, nothing like fried catfish stream side for supper. And, you may have noticed no report of Curtis catching fish. For some strange reason, he doesn't fish. I'm ordering a DNA test.